Siddha, meaning “An Object to be Attained,” or “Perfection,” or “Heavenly Bliss” in Tamil, is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world and is mainly practiced in South India and more specifically in Tamil Nadu. The medical system uses ingredients of plant, mineral and metals, and animal origin to treat diseases and infections.
Practitioners claim the system maintains the doshas and revitalizes and rejuvenates organs that cause diseases. The system consists of Kayakarpam (medicine and lifestyle) and Muppu (universal salt) and treatment relies on either or both of these specialties. Siddha has seen its popularity surge lately with people preferring it over modern methods of medicine.
Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS) is the first step toward getting a Siddha medicine. The programme is for 5.5 years and that includes 4.5 years of academics and 1 year of internship.
In order to be eligible for BSMS admission, one must have passed 12th standard or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Tamil with 50% marks for general category students and 40% for reserved category students. Students must have completed 17 years on or before December 31 of the year of admission. If you haven’t studied Tamil in you pre-degree you’ll have to study it in the first year of BSMS as all original records of BSMS are in the southern language.
After completing your 12th standard, you’ll have to attempt the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG), the only entrance test for admission to Siddha colleges in Bangalore.
After successfully completing BSMS, one is eligible to do further one or more of the six of the available specialisation. All admissions to three-year postgraduation programmes are based on the marks scored in AIAPGET- 2020.
MD Maruthuvam (Medicine)
MD Gunapadam (Pharmacology)
Doctor of Medicine in Gunapadam is a three-year postgraduate programme that deals with developing and standardising Siddha pharmacology based on Siddha principles.
MD Sirappu Maruthuvam (Special Medicine)
Doctor of Medicine in Sirappu Maruthuvam is a three-year speciality programme that deals with Karpa medicines for prevention of diseases. It includes herbal karpam, mineral karpam, circulation, and yoga. It also integrates therapies like Muppu, (Vaithyamuppu, Vathamuppu, and Yoga Muppu).
MD Kuzhanthai Maruthuvam (Paediatrics)
Doctor of Medicine in Kuzhanthai Maruthuvam is the equivalent of MD Paediatrics of modern medicine and covers Siddha and latest developments in Paediatrics diseases and treatments.
MD Noi Nadal (Pathology and Diagnostic Methods)
Doctor of Medicine in Noi Nadal is a postgraduate programme that deals with understanding diseases, causes, diagnosis, and investigations and treat diseases. Teaching includes investigating through pathological and radiological tests.
MD Nanju Noolam Maruthuva Neethi Noolam (Toxicology and Medical Jurisprudence)
Doctor of Medicine in Nanju Noolam Maruthuva Neethi Noolam are two different studies blended into one. While Nanju Noolam deals with properties, actions, toxicity, dose, period, and detection of poison, Maruthuva Needhi Nool deals with duties, rights, privileges, ethics, etiquette, and legal aspects.
|Stream||Eligibility||Exam Name||Registration Date||Admit card||Date of examination||Result|
|BSMS||10+2 or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Biotechnology, and Tamil||NEET UG||02.12.2019||27.03.2020||03.05.2020||04.06.2020|
|MD/MS Siddha||Pass in BSMS||AIAPGET 2020||01.01.2020||01.04.2020||29.04.2020||10.05.2020|
Placement And Career
For now, Siddha is limited to just Tamil Nadu and Kerala in India and Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore outside India. However, with Siddha gaining wider acceptance in India and abroad as an alternative system of medicine, the job options for Siddha practitioners are immense. Besides working or practising as a Siddha specialist, you can use your services in research and teaching.
Teaching: You can start teaching at Siddha medical colleges as a professor.
Researching: You can join a government or private research firm to do research on Siddha or allied related topic.
Tamil Nadu and Kerala Government hospitals and dispensaries, the central government in its AYUSH schemes, Siddha institutes/councils, private hospitals and pharmaceutical firms.
Siddha Doctor: There’s a generally high demand for Siddha doctors in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore.